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OTTAWA — On top of the 300 signatures, the $50,000 fee and the political will, would-be Conservative leadership candidates are required to fill out an application form that's more than 40 pages long. It covers everything from resume basics to a request for a list of all of the candidate's social media accounts. It also asks a number of provocative questions, such as whether a candidate has ever been associated with or supported the views of groups promoting the secession of any province. Candidates must also declare that if they lose the leadership race, they won't speak ill of the winner. Ontario MP Kellie Leitch today became the first to formally register for the campaign; Quebec MP Maxime Bernier is expected to follow suit on Thursday. Anyone who wishes to run for Conservative leadership must apply no later than Feb. 24, 2017, and the vote is scheduled for May 27, 2017.
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